Superfluous Matter
Books - Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift

I picked this book up at a used book store last year as part of my continued attempt to read some of the classics. I didn't realize it at the time but it is rather old, originally published in 1726. I also did not realize that it is a colossal satire of the societies of the world, humanity, and of travel writing. I just assumed it was a story about a dude having some crazy adventures.

The dude definitely has crazy adventures, but the whole time he is also holding up a giant mirror to show all the faults of the world (of which he sees many). The satire remains remarkably engaging despite being targeted at the world as it was 300 years ago. I also thoroughly enjoyed the "travel book" aspect of the novel, despite the fact that it was written as a send-up of such books. The writing at times reminded me of Bill Bryson, whose books I quite enjoy.

Gulliver's Travels is an easy read and definitely worth the time. If you've ever thought about checking it out then I add my voice to encourage you to do so.

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